Hawker Beechcraft Corporation has announced that a King Air 350ER recently completed a nonstop trans-Atlantic flight during a delivery flight to the UK Ministry of Defence for use as part of the Military Flying Training System.
The flight saw the modified King Air fly from Wichita, Kansas, to Bournemouth in the UK with only a stop at St John’s in Newfoundland before its nonstop trans-Atlantic crossing. The two legs of the 4000-plus nm journey were achieved in less than 12 hours.
“We were delighted to achieve two significant events in one day – the delivery of the first new aircraft for the UK Military Flying Training System and the first nonstop transatlantic flight for the King Air,” said Jim Maslowski, president, US and international government business. “The nonstop transatlantic flight is a clear demonstration of the 350ER’s capabilities, opening new opportunities for the successful King Air family – the world’s best selling turboprop line of all time.”